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Soukous

Just back from another awesome trip in Australia.

The wildlife sightings were - on the whole - disappointing but there was a bit.

 

Some cold and drenched emus in the Snowy Mountains

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Some very relaxed kangaoos

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and a noisy Red Wattlebird

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Tom Kellie

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~ @@Zubbie15

 

The repeated patterns in this lovely image are captivating.

It's among the most unexpected images I've seen on Safaritalk.

I'm glad that you posted it for all of us to enjoy.

The colors and repeated geometric forms underscore how life uses a wide variety of body plans to adapt to specialized ecological niches.

The presence of the scarlet Serpula sp. adds zest to the photo.

Such clear lighting, underwater yet — I like this image!

Thank you for sharing it on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

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RichB

A Tassie Devil in my garden...after the brillo pad it seems..

 

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TonyQ

@@RichB

What an amazing creature to get in your garden!

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Zubbie15

 

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~ @@Zubbie15

 

The repeated patterns in this lovely image are captivating.

It's among the most unexpected images I've seen on Safaritalk.

I'm glad that you posted it for all of us to enjoy.

The colors and repeated geometric forms underscore how life uses a wide variety of body plans to adapt to specialized ecological niches.

The presence of the scarlet Serpula sp. adds zest to the photo.

Such clear lighting, underwater yet — I like this image!

Thank you for sharing it on Safaritalk.

Tom K.

 

 

Thanks @@Tom Kellie, I was quite happy when I saw this picture. The conditions were very challenging on the water, being quite windy and wavy, so pretty much all of our photos were of the point-and-hope variety. But a few good ones came out of the effort.

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wilddog

Love the underwater shots @Zubbie 15 and

 

@@RichB the Tasmanain Devil in your garden was fun; I thought it was coming close for a 'selfie' towards the end. Must set up my Trail Cam in the garden but best I will get will be a hedgehog or a fox - plus all the neighbourhood cats!

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Tom Kellie

Thanks @@Tom Kellie, I was quite happy when I saw this picture. The conditions were very challenging on the water, being quite windy and wavy, so pretty much all of our photos were of the point-and-hope variety. But a few good ones came out of the effort.

 

~ @@Zubbie15

 

You made me laugh with the above mention of ‘the point-and-hope variety’. I'd never heard that before.

Far too many of my lower light shots are definitely in ‘the point-and-hope variety’ and, sadly, show it.

That's such a fine image. The repeated pattern brings to mind Central Asian decorative arts.

The sea is so little known, with lifeforms of exceptional beauty, as you've depicted.

Again, many thanks for that.

Tom K.

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elefromoz

A few Aussie land reptiles, although some are strong swimmers too..

 

A Water Dragon, saw a lot of these walking around Sydney Harbour

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"Bob", my bobtail who's made my garden home, he enjoys the occasional strawberry and banana, slow moving, gentle fellow

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And his friend Syd, the Skink, he's lightening fast when the mood takes him

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Dugite, campground "down south" Western Australia, sunny spring day, perfect snake day, probably 6 feet long

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Tom Kellie

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~ @@elefromoz

 

That's one top-of-the-line EXCELLENT snake image!

I like every aspect of it.

Natural selection's elegant design-in-motion.

Thanks for posting it!

Tom K.

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mmackwan

885986_833743896706541_28399515184677276Juvi Wedge-tailed Eagle

This was taken in Victoria by the looks of it this young had just left the nest.
Camera Model Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.4
Shooting Date/Time 11/15/13 17:35:07
Author MICKEY MACKWAN
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/500
Av(Aperture Value) 8.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation +2/3
ISO Speed 400
Auto ISO Speed OFF
Lens EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
Focal Length 500.0mm

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Game Warden

@@mmackwan Fantastic capture!

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mmackwan

Thank you Game Warden

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wenchy

wow @@mmackwan - superb

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mmackwan

Thank You Wenchy, i have thousands of pics of Wedge-tailed Eagle if interested check out my page mickphotography on fb i will try and put some up here not sure if it will get too much though :D

another one for today

Camera Model Canon EOS-1D X
Firmware Firmware Version 2.0.3
Shooting Date/Time 09/06/14 11:27:31
Author MICKEY_MACKWAN
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/1600
Av(Aperture Value) 9.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 1250
Auto ISO Speed ON
Lens EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Focal Length 700.0mm

 

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elefromoz

After travelling round most of Australia over the years, I think Tasmania is one of the best places to see a wide range of species, furred, feathered and scaly.Spotting most of them is pretty easy and at close range.Heres just a sample from our Tasmania trip a couple of years back.

Tasmanian Devils are pretty hard to spot in the "wild" so we visited Trowunna to get a good, close up look.

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Mealtimes are noisy, squabbly, bad-mannered, aggro affairs

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And this Wombat had no manners at all

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Echidna at Cradle Mountain

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and this Tiger Snake sleeping beside the boardwalk was best left alone

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Wombats grazing in the evening

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Baby Wombats are pretty cute

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Right beside the boardwalk

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The property we stayed at had a couple of ponds which were home to quite a few Platypus. You could pretty well wander by the pond and at some point, a Platypus would swim by.

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Having a scratch

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Tom Kellie

~ @@elefromoz

 

Very nice images!

That coiled tiger snake looks like it had best be left well alone.

Thank you for sharing Tasmania's wildlife with us!

Tom K.

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Treepol

@@elefromoz I like the photos from my home state - where did you stay at Cradle Mtn, is that where you saw the devils as well as the wombats and platypus?

 

I went out to Narawntapu NP a couple of nights ago hoping to get photos of wombats on the lawn outside the visitors centre, however its so dry there was nothing in sight. Sadly, there seems to be more roadkill around as the animals (mostly wallabies) are coming out of the bush to find water.

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elefromoz

@@Treepol, We saw the Devils at Trowunna Wildlife Park on the way to Cradle Mountain, where we stayed in the "Highlander Cabins". After dinner, just before sunset we drove from the cabin to Ronny Creek at Cradle Mtn NP, we barely had to walk 20 metres and there was Wombats everywhere. In fact Id hiked some of this boardwalk during the day and there had been Wombats out and about then, hence I took my friends back in the evening. Quite magical out there during the day on the boardwalk, no-one else for miles in either direction. We stayed at "Giants Table Cottages" at Maydena, near Mt Field NP, where the Platypus were, again really easy to see, didn't seem shy at all. We were there in November

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Treepol

@@elefromoz thanks for the information - thats good to know.

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pomkiwi

Possum at nightfall. Blue Mountains.

 

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pomkiwi

Wallaroo. The common species ?eastern subspecies. Blue Mountains.

 

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pomkiwi

Brown snake. Blue Mountains. Didn't stop for long to identify....

 

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pomkiwi

Monitor lizard on the prowl. Noosa National Park Qld

 

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pomkiwi

Koala doing what it does best (makes African lions look active). Again Noosa National Park

 

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Tom Kellie

~ @@pomkiwi

 

That's a splendid group of Australian species!

The monitor images are terrific!

I'd never previously heard of wallaroos.

Ha Ha! Koalas on the go suggest that even tortoises have pep.

Thank you.

Tom K.

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